April 20, 2019 / 7:08 PM / a month ago

Draft notebook: Missouri F Porter declares

Missouri forward Jontay Porter says he will enter the NBA draft.

Porter missed the 2018-19 season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee two weeks before the start of the season.

In March, he re-tore his right ACL and subsequently had surgery. He later said via social media that he had tried to play basketball again before doctors gave him the OK.

“I’ll be declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft,” Porter posted on Twitter. “I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me get to this point in my journey, especially my family, coaches, and teammates. Excited for this next step!”

Porter averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds as a 2017-18 freshman. He was named the co-Sixth Man of the Year in the Southeastern Conference after helping the Tigers reach their first NCAA Tournament in five years.

—Missouri State forward Tulio Da Silva declared for the draft but decided not to hire an agent and will keep open the option of returning for his senior season.

Da Silva averaged 14.3 points and 7.4 rebounds this season.

“Tulio plans to go through this process to better evaluate his future and make it possible for him to return for his senior season,” Bears coach Dana Ford said in a statement.

—Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. will enter his name in the draft while maintaining the option to return to school for his junior season.

“Zach has been an absolute joy to coach and a tremendous asset to this program,” head coach Mark Few said in a statement. “As with all of our guys that go through this process, we will help provide accurate information to Zach from the correct people to assist him in making the best decision.”

Norvell averaged 14.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 37 games last season. The Bulldogs’ third-leading scorer, he joins top-two scorers Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke in entering their names in the draft.

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